History Series / WinBenSteinsMoney

5th Sep '17 2:42:05 AM jayharrison
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--> '''Jimmy Kimmel''': Now we'll see just how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win Ben Stein's Money".\\
'''Ben Stein''': Welcome back. As this rounds begins, Troper 1 has $<x> of my money, Troper 2 has $<y> of my money, and I have a mere $<5,000-(x+y)> remaining of my original $5,000 stake, which I will now defend by becoming a common contestant!\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': From this point forward, Ben has no advance knowledge of any of the questions to be asked. Isn't that right, Ben?\\
'''Ben Stein''': That is right, Jimmy. It's also right--well, it's not ''right'', but it's a ''fact''--that the questions in this round have risen to the <negative adjective> level of $200-500 of my money, that is if '''you''' get them right. If '''I''' get them right, my total stays the same, but thankfully, none of my money is taken away.\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': And whoever has the higher score at the end of this round, whether it's Troper 1, who starts [[Administrivia/EditWar edit wars for fun]], or Troper 2, who had his [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife life ruined by TV Tropes,]] will go on to play against Ben one-on-one for $5,000 of his money. Let's have a look at our topics. They are...

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--> '''Jimmy Kimmel''': Kimmel:''' Now we'll see just how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win Ben Stein's Money".\\
'''Ben Stein''': Stein:''' Welcome back. As this rounds begins, Troper 1 has $<x> of my money, Troper 2 has $<y> of my money, and I have a mere $<5,000-(x+y)> remaining of my original $5,000 stake, which I will now defend by becoming a common contestant!\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': '''Jimmy:''' From this point forward, Ben has no advance knowledge of any of the questions to be asked. Isn't that right, Ben?\\
'''Ben Stein''': '''Ben:''' That is right, Jimmy. It's also right--well, it's not ''right'', but it's a ''fact''--that the questions in this round have risen to the <negative adjective> level of $200-500 of my money, that is if '''you''' get them right. If '''I''' get them right, my total stays the same, but thankfully, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment none of my money is taken away.away]].\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': '''Jimmy:''' And whoever has the higher score at the end of this round, whether it's Troper 1, who starts [[Administrivia/EditWar edit wars for fun]], or Troper 2, who had his [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife life ruined by TV Tropes,]] Tropes]], will go on to play against Ben one-on-one for $5,000 of his money. Let's have a look at our topics. They are...



--> '''Ben Stein''': So far, you've managed to take $<x> away from me, and that is yours to keep, no matter what happens. But now you have a chance--albeit a small one--to walk away with all $5,000 of my money, which Jimmy is now wheeling towards us in this safe. And all you have to do is beat me in what we call the "Best of Ten Test of Knowledge." Would you explain it to the group, please, Jimmy?\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': Yes, <insert inappropriate pet name here>. I'm going to ask <player> and Ben the same ten questions. <Player>, if you can answer more correctly than Ben can, you get his $5,000. Would you like to go first or second?

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--> '''Ben Stein''': '''Ben:''' So far, you've managed to take $<x> away from me, and that is yours to keep, no matter what happens. But now you have a chance--albeit a small one--to walk away with all $5,000 of my money, which Jimmy is now wheeling towards us in this safe. And all you have to do is beat me in what we call the "Best of Ten Test of Knowledge." Would you explain it to the group, please, Jimmy?\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': '''Jimmy:''' Yes, <insert inappropriate pet name here>. I'm going to ask <player> and Ben the same ten questions. <Player>, if you can answer more correctly than Ben can, you get his $5,000. Would you like to go first or second?



-->'''Ben''': Not "what is?"! This isn't ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''
-->'''Jimmy''': That is the cardinal sin; does he look like Alex Trebek to you?!

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-->'''Ben''': -->'''Ben:''' Not "what is?"! This isn't ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''
-->'''Jimmy''': -->'''Jimmy:''' That is the cardinal sin; does he look like Alex Trebek Creator/AlexTrebek to you?!



** Occasionally in the Best of Ten round, when told that the contestant had scored less than 5 points, he would say, "I take all challenges seriously."
** At the end of Round 1, Ben Stein would say to the viewers "I am going defend my money by becoming a common contestant. Stay tuned, you might learn something!"
** After coming back from the first commercial break, he would usually say "We're back, with more of Win MY- Ben Stein's Money."
** Before Round 2, Jimmy Kimmel would say "Now we'll see just how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win Ben Stein's Money.""

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** Occasionally in the Best of Ten round, when told that the contestant had scored less than 5 five points, he would say, "I take all challenges seriously."
** At the end of Round 1, Ben Stein would say to the viewers "I am going defend my money by becoming a common contestant. Stay tuned, you might learn something!"
** After coming back from the first commercial break, he would usually say "We're back, with more of Win MY- Ben Stein's Money.MY--Ben Stein's--Money."
** Before Round 2, Jimmy Kimmel would say "Now we'll see just how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win ''[[TitleDrop Win Ben Stein's Money.""Money]]''."



-->'''1998-2001:''' Hello, I'm Ben Stein. And today, I'm going to make history. I'm putting up $5,000 that says I know more than ''you''. ''So if you're smart enough, fast enough, and if you've got the '''guts''', you can'' '''[[TitleScream Win Ben Stein's Money]]'''!\\

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-->'''1998-2001:''' Hello, I'm Ben Stein. And today, I'm going to make history. I'm putting up $5,000 that says I know more than ''you''. ''So if you're smart enough, fast enough, and if you've got the '''guts''', you can'' '''[[TitleScream can '''''[[TitleScream Win Ben Stein's Money]]'''!\\



* FlawlessVictory: The famous episode where Ben agreed to drop his pants if he lost the Best Of 10 saw challenger Bob achieve this by becoming the first person not named Ben Stein to score a perfect 10 in the round, guaranteeing at least a tie[[note]] which would add another $1,000 to Bob's winnings no matter what[[/note]] and forcing Ben to accomplish the same feat, which he failed to do. Cue pants drop.

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* FlawlessVictory: The famous episode where Ben agreed to drop his pants if he lost the Best Of 10 saw challenger Bob achieve this by becoming the first person not named Ben Stein to score a perfect 10 in the round, guaranteeing at least a tie[[note]] which tie[[note]]which would add another $1,000 to Bob's winnings no matter what[[/note]] and forcing Ben to accomplish the same feat, which he failed to do. Cue pants drop.



** On at least one occasion, a contestant who was behind by $450 won after responding correctly to a $500 question (which also happened to be the final question of the second round). However, comeback victories like this were ''rare''.

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** On at least one occasion, a contestant who was behind by exactly $450 won after responding correctly to a $500 question (which also happened to be the final question of the second round). However, comeback victories like this were ''rare''.



** This was another of Ben's many reactions to the really nasty-sounding category names.



** Ben's responses to winning, losing and tying are pretty much the same throughout.

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** Ben's responses to winning, losing losing, and tying are pretty much the same throughout.



* PrecisionFStrike: Yep, in addition to FlippingTheBird, Ben even dropped a few of these during the course of the show's run.



--> '''Ben''': Okay wait a minute, this is unbelievable. This is ''unbelievable''!\\
'''Jimmy''': (to contestant) We need a hammer, or something, to ''beat'' you with.

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--> '''Ben''': '''Ben:''' Okay wait a minute, this is unbelievable. This is ''unbelievable''!\\
'''Jimmy''': '''Jimmy:''' (to contestant) We need a hammer, or something, to ''beat'' you with.



* TemptingFate: In a legendary second season episode, at the Best of 10, Jimmy wheeled out the safe with Ben's shoes on it (they played ''Strip Ben Stein Of His Clothes'' in Round 2, but only one answer from the challengers to strip was provided), and asked Ben to drop his pants if he lost the final, saying HE will do it too. Cue opponent Bob becoming the first challenger in the show's history to answer all 10 questions correctly, and Ben missing one and ensuring a loss.

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* TemptingFate: In a legendary second season episode, at the Best of 10, Jimmy wheeled out the safe with Ben's shoes on it (they played ''Strip Ben Stein Of of His Clothes'' in Round 2, but only one answer from the challengers to strip was provided), and asked Ben to drop his pants if he lost the final, saying HE will do it too. Cue opponent Bob becoming the first challenger in the show's history to answer all 10 questions correctly, and Ben missing one and ensuring a loss.


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* WholesomeCrossdresser:
** As mentioned above, Ben dressed up as First Lady Barbara Bush in one episode.
** Another episode had Ben, Jimmy, and the three contestants in gender-swapped clothes. Jimmy wasn't too keen to this.
---> '''Jimmy:''' [[ADateWithRosiePalms I won't be able to masturbate for a week!]]
23rd May '17 8:56:11 PM jameygamer
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* IronicEcho: In on episode from the show's second season, contestants Jason and Dave are tied at the end of the second round. The sudden-death tiebreaker question deals with one of the major players in American suffrage.

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* IronicEcho: In on one episode from the show's second season, contestants Jason and Dave are tied at the end of the second round. The sudden-death tiebreaker question deals with one of the major players in American suffrage.
14th May '17 6:15:03 PM themisterfree
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth. Also, the money didn't drop if a contestant won the $5,000 grand prize, and the logo was displayed differently (the second and third words in the center, with the first and last on the top and bottom respectively).

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; on TV monitors; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth. Also, the money didn't drop if a contestant won the $5,000 grand prize, and the logo was displayed differently (the second and third words in the center, with the first and last on the top and bottom respectively).
16th Feb '17 12:01:37 PM Vahanisback
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth. Also, the money didn't drop if a contestant won the $5,000 grand prize, and the logo was displayed differently (the second and third words in the center, with the first and last on the top and bottom respectively).
16th Feb '17 11:52:19 AM Vahanisback
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth.
7th Aug '16 10:16:46 PM FordPrefect
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* BonusRound: The Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. If the player lost, they only kept any money they won previously. If there was a tie, the player would win $1,000 in addition to the money they've already earned. If the player wins, he/she won what remained of the $5,000 pot. In at least one "champions" episode, the pot was upped to $25,000, and the contestant who faced of against Ben for it [[spoiler:ended up winning the money, taking his total amount of money won from Ben to $30,000.]] [[note]] (Theoretically speaking, Ben's remaining stash could actually be LESS than the contestant's take during the first two rounds.)[[/note]]

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* BonusRound: The Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. If the player lost, they only kept any money they won previously. If there was a tie, the player would win $1,000 in addition to the money they've already earned. If the player wins, he/she won what remained of the $5,000 pot. In at least one "champions" episode, the pot was upped to $25,000, and the contestant who faced of off against Ben for it [[spoiler:ended up winning the money, taking his total amount of money won from Ben to $30,000.]] [[note]] (Theoretically speaking, Ben's remaining stash could actually be LESS than the contestant's take during the first two rounds.)[[/note]]
30th Mar '16 10:56:20 PM jameygamer
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** Which also counted as BitingTheHandHumor- as explained above, Disney/ABC produced this show through their Buena Vista TV arm.

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** Which also counted as BitingTheHandHumor- as explained above, Disney/ABC Creator/{{Disney}}/Creator/{{ABC}} produced this show through their Buena Vista TV arm.
23rd Mar '16 5:09:21 PM nombretomado
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[[caption-width-right:260:It's ALL about the Benjamins.]]A GameShow produced for ComedyCentral in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], hosted by [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan actor]] and former political speechwriter Ben Stein, and featuring radio personality turned late-night TalkShow host Jimmy Kimmel as TheAnnouncer. Using the common "quiz show" game model, and sporting a humorous atmosphere (as befitting a Comedy Central program), the show might have been forgotten as merely another ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' clone if not for its unique concept the contestants really were competing for Ben Stein's money.

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[[caption-width-right:260:It's ALL about the Benjamins.]]A GameShow produced for ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], hosted by [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan actor]] and former political speechwriter Ben Stein, and featuring radio personality turned late-night TalkShow host Jimmy Kimmel as TheAnnouncer. Using the common "quiz show" game model, and sporting a humorous atmosphere (as befitting a Comedy Central program), the show might have been forgotten as merely another ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' clone if not for its unique concept the contestants really were competing for Ben Stein's money.



* CelebrityEdition: Ranged from hosts of other ComedyCentral programs, to political commentators, to porn stars.

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* CelebrityEdition: Ranged from hosts of other ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral programs, to political commentators, to porn stars.
18th Mar '16 10:56:56 PM Hossmeister
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8th Mar '16 4:25:58 AM jayharrison
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* {{Cosplay}}: Ranged from TV shows (including ''Series/GilligansIsland'') to political figures (with Ben in drag as First Lady Barbara Bush).



* GameShowWinningsCap: With VERY few exceptions, contestants only appeared once, and the most they could win was the complete $5,000 pot.

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* GameShowWinningsCap: With VERY few exceptions, contestants only appeared once, and the most they could win was the complete $5,000 pot. (And with the "Ben Stein's Cup", a single-game tournament which was only played twice for $25,000, the highest a contestant could win was $30,000 altogether.)



* HeadDesk: One of Ben's reactions to a particularly nasty-sounding category title.
* IronicEcho: In on episode from the show's second season, contestants Jason and Dave are tied at the end of the second round. The sudden-death tiebreaker question deals with one of the major players in American suffrage.
--> '''Contestant Dave:''' Who is... Elizabeth Cady Stanton?
--> '''Jimmy:''' Who is leaving the show, Dave? The answer is you!



* ObviousRulePatch: Originally, the contestants were to receive the full $5,000 prize if the contestant and Ben were tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. (At least one early contestant won the $5,000 this way.) However, the producers figured out that ties could happen rather frequently[[note]]And in this scenario, it meant that the contestant scoring a 10 was an automatic win for them since it made Ben having to play pointless[[/note]]. As a result, if the contestant ended up tied with Ben, the contestant received $1,000 (which was added to what the contestant had already won).

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* ObviousRulePatch: Originally, the contestants were to receive the full $5,000 prize if the contestant and Ben were tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. (At least one (One early contestant won the $5,000 this way.) [[note]]Despite being one of the first episodes taped, the only episode in which this happened aired mid-season.[[/note]]) However, the producers figured out that ties could happen rather frequently[[note]]And in this scenario, it meant that the contestant scoring a 10 was an automatic win for them since it made Ben having to play pointless[[/note]]. As a result, if the contestant ended up tied with Ben, the contestant received $1,000 (which was added to what the contestant had already won).


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* TitleDrop: Occurred every time the show returned from commercial breaks.
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